So there’s less than a month until the sequel (The Girl with the Whispering Shadow comes out January 23rd according to GR!) and this is the last book I read in 2018! And what a fun journey! Everybody has been talking about this book, and though I wouldn’t call it the new Harry Potter or anything, it was definitely a new and fun take on a fun fantasy world!
This is the story about a girl named Ivy Lovely who worked as a maid in the middle of nowhere and suddenly finds herself thrown into a world of magic and mystery. She is admitted into the Halls of Ivy, a school for magical princes and princesses as well as magical scrivenists (like story tellers). It’s a bit cliche, but that’s part of the fun! I enjoyed the journey despite not really being surprised by anything.
What really made the book special was the cute friendships made along the way. Rebecca and Fyn were absolutely adorable and despite the fact that I wanted more character based story, it was still cute! This book did a great job setting the scene and laying out the foundation for what I hope will be a story focused more on the characters (as you know, character development is my favorite thing) and the story of the Dark Queen, which was really interesting! I’m a sucker for a good villain backstory!
If you enjoy middle grade stories, fun and cute friendships, magic and mystery this is the book for you! Though it wasn’t what I expected, I really did enjoy the new take on magic school and I especially loved the adorable friendship between Ivy and Fyn (I really hope there’s more cuteness in the next one!)!
And if you want a chance for themed gifts, @author.denight is doing daily giveaways on her instagram stories! Go check it out!